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Jo Durkin

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


Sydney couture design Jo Durkin has a sense of Hollywood glamour to her designs. With a background in mainstream fashion, Jo turned her attention to detail to the bridal world and creates stunning bridal gowns.

With clean, simple lines the gowns really show off the wearer’s figure – in a beautifully sexy way while still capturing that bridal elegance. Jo uses minimal detailing- beads cascading off the shoulders, a simple ruched bodice or a simple tie around the waist to add that little extra touch to her creations.

View more on the Jo Durkin website.

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Snapshot Sunday – Flower In Her Hair

by | Bride, Photography, Snapshot Sundays


This is just one of those photos that makes me happy. It’s iconic to me because well, it’s one of the images I’ve seen constantly throughout my time as a blogger and one I’ve come to adore. It’s from the wedding of Lisa and Nick, originally seen in Martha Stewart Weddings. The bride does gorgeous paper goods too!


Photo by Lisa Lefkowitz via Snippet and Ink

Shannon and Troy

by | Australia - Queensland, Bride, Inspired Weddings,



Shannon and Troy

What better way to end a glorious week of real weddings than to end with one from the Sunshine Coast?

Photos today are by Studio C Photography.

Shannon has a way with words, so I’m going to leave it to her to tell you the story of her wedding day. “My husband Troy proposed to me in Sept 2008 on North Stradbroke Island, Qld. (Every year since I was a toddler my family and friends have spent the September holidays on North Stradbroke.) Troy knew this place was special to me, so he planned to pop the question on a romantic walk around the Point Lookout gorge or on top of a sand dune. Little did I know every time Troy tried to get me alone, I asked someone to join us, or I told him I didn’t feel like a walk – ruining his plans. Luckily, Troy was persistent, and didn’t give up easily.

Not long after we were engaged I became obsessed with anything related to weddings. I constantly searched wedding sites, Polka dot Bride & magazines so I could find what would be my idea of the most wonderful day. I couldn’t get enough of it and it was the best thing I could have done. I ended up having a great idea of what was in the market and where to get it, and most of all, I knew what I wanted for the big day.

The atmosphere I wanted to create was relaxed & informal – think lunchtime drinks and lot of ‘witty banter’ as my partner would say. I wanted it to be intimate, unique and beautiful. I had a fabulous team of professionals working with me that made the day seamless. My partner & I were so thrilled that the people close to us were there to share it. It was a day we will never forget. ”


Shannon wore a simple white gown from Lisa Ho and had a blush pink shrug made from laces and jewels by Holly Stalder.

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Shannon’s “Something Blue” was a brooch she’d found in an antique store in Buderim. She wore cream flats from Mollini.



The bridesmaids gifted Shannon flower cuffs to wear from Sophie Kyron. They were dressed in Wayne Cooper frocks with silver shoes from Mollini.



Shannon wore earrings from Peter Lang. Pru Edwards looked after the girls makeup while Evelyn Parsons took care of the hair styling.





Shannon carried a simple bouquet of white hyacinths and blushing brides while her bridesmaids carried vibrant purple bouquets all designed by Floral Art.

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Shannon found a unique piece from Frits Rosenow for Troy to wear as his buttonhole. To show off Troy’s fun personality, Shannon worked with the designers to create a pirate ship boutonniere. This kept in line with the pirate ship theme of the day- invitations were created by Printable Press.


Shannon and Troy’s flower girl was dressed in a Collette Dinnagan Infant dress.


Shannon and Troy held their ceremony and reception at Montegos On The Bay on Kawana Island.









Deja Blue filled the atmosphere with Shannon and Tory’s favourite songs.












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A three tier cake was created by Mary Brown (07 5444 6603). Shannon says “One other thing I did to make everyone feel a part of the day was I made up a DVD slide show of our family weddings. It played non-stop throughout the day and had photos of our grandparent’s weddings our parents’ weddings, & our siblings’ weddings. This turned out to be excellent as it brought all the generations together to reminisce, and remember their own special day.”


Shannon and Troy gave bags with custom labels from My Own Label filled with lollies as favours.


Thank you also to Studio C Photography for allowing us to share the photos!

Photos by Studio C Photography.

Leezar and Corey – The Celebration

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Welcome back to the second part of Leezar and Corey’s gorgeous apple theme wedding!

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The wedding reception was decorated in red and champagne. Each table was decorated with a tall cylindrical vase filled with apples (which Corey and Leezar were delighted to see guests start eating them at the end of the night) and a hand cut paper leaf with the table number. Corey and Leezar drank out of handpainted wine glasses created by Corey’s mother with apples and “The Apple Of My Eye 10.10.09″.


With the help of her bridesmaids, Leezar made 100 Dandi treasure boxes for the guests to take home. They were filled with sweet treats.

“The bonbonniere for each guest were Dandi treasure boxes created with the Dandi fabric treasure box kit, using Dandi plain dyed berry fabric. With lots of help from my Bridesmaids, we spent the months before the wedding making these treasure boxes for over 100 guests. The treasure boxes were then finished with a chocolate brown leather stalk and paper place card cut in the shape of a leaf a smaller version of the leaves displaying the table numbers. The treasure boxes were then filled with heart chocolates.”


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The three-tiered wedding cake was made by Leezar’s Mum, Pam. It had tiny apple cut outs made from icing and was also decorated with berries to match her bouquet.


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Leezar created a pin board  using Dandi fabrics, Guests were invited to take paper out of the apple shaped container, write a message for the couple and pin it to the red and brown board.


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Leezar says “I have been dancing since I was six so I really wanted our first dance to be a choreographed dance. We danced to a song called “Still” by my French cousin Flox which was choreographed by Penrith Ballroom Dance. Corey was so nervous but did such a good job. My brother even said his jaw dropped because he didn’t know Corey could dance and Sarah (my bridesmaid) said she cried the whole way through the dance.”



Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with us today Leezar and Corey! Thank you also to Stuart Leal Photography for allowing us to share the wedding photos today!

Photographs today are by Stuart Leal Photography.

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